UGC NET Exam Eligibility 2018: Educational Qualification, Age limit

If you want to know UGC NET exam eligibility criteria (like minimum qualification required, Age limit etc.) then you are in the right place. As we know UGC NET exam is most sought exam after completion of post-graduation. The exam is conducted by CBSE on the behalf of UGC to fulfil various post of Assistant Professors and to distribute the awards of Junior Research Fellowship.


After qualifying, this exam candidate becomes eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in various Universities/Institutions across India. Before applying for this exam you can check UGC NET exam eligibility criteria here.

UGC NET  Exam Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification for NET Exam

Any Candidate who has completed their Master's degree or equivalent examination from the recognised University/Institution by UGC with minimum qualification marks are eligible for this exam. The minimum qualifying marks required are given below:

NET Qualification Marks
Category Marks %
General 55 %
OBC Non-creamy layer 50 %
SC/ST/PWD 50 %

Candidates also eligible:
  • Who are in the final year of post-graduation.
  • Whose result is still awaited
  • Whose qualifying examinations have been delayed
Such candidates admitted provisionally and they have to qualify their post-graduation with minimum qualification marks within two years from the date of NET result. Otherwise, they shall be treated as disqualified.

Note: Candidate can apply only to the subject of their Post-Graduation.

Age Limit & Relaxation

Candidate age for Junior Research Fellowship should not be above 30 years on 01/11/2018. There is no upper age limit for applying for eligibility for Assistant Professor.


1. Relaxation up to 5 years is provided for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) SC/ST/PWD and women candidates.

2. Age relaxation also provides to candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in their post-graduation subject and 3 years relaxation permissible to L.L.M. degree holder.

UGC NET Exam Dates 2018

As we know UGC NET exam is conducted by CBSE twice in a year. Exam dates for the year 2018 have been released by the CBSE. You can check here important dates for 2018. The candidates are required to apply online from the 06 March 2018 to...Read Full 

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2018

UGC NET exam is divided into two papers Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 which is same for all NET aspirants whereas Paper 2 which is based on subject opted by the candidates. Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are objectives in nature. You can check here exam pattern for 2018...Read Full

UGC NET Syllabus 2018 

As we know UGC NET exam is divided into two papers Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 syllabus is same for all NET aspirants whereas Paper 2 syllabus is based on subject opted by candidates. There are total 84 subjects under UGC NET exam.You can download UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2 syllabus from here...Read full


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